Home Health Agencies Nervous and Awaiting Final Interpretive Guidelines for CoPs

Posted on Monday, January 8, 2018 1:46 PM

Home health care agencies are still waiting for the finalized interpretive guidelines (IGs)for the new conditions of participation (CoPs) which go into effect January 13th, 2018. The new regulations detail how home health care agencies requirements for participation in Medicare and Medicaid.  

Per CMS, the expectation is that the final interpretive guidelines will not be too different than what has already ben publicly communicated. Still some providers are waiting for the final tags to begin implementation.

““The final document, while waiting final clearance from our Office of General Counsel, will most likely not be vastly different from the draft provided to the HHA community earlier,” David Wright, director of the Quality, Safety & Oversight Group at the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality with CMS, said in an email that was shared with Home Health Care News.”

CMS has already delayed the implementation date by 6 months. They say that they will not delay the date again. CMS has delayed any civil monetary penalties (CMPs) until January 13th, 2019. 

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Source HHCN 1.4.18

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